Newsletter 622


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus
  FiveBooks interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Supreme Court's Dark Vision Of Freedom
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/GWjQQP

Dahlia Lithwick | Slate | 28 March 2012

Commentary on day one of case seeking overturn of Obama healthcare
  reform. "The fight is about freedom. This morning we got a window into
  the freedom some of the justices long for. And it is a dark, dark
  place" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/supreme-courts-dark-vision-freedom

[7]Richard Clarke On Stuxnet
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/GZG2J5

Ron Rosenbaum | Smithsonian | 22 March 2012

Interview with Richard Clarke, counter-terrorism chief under three
  American presidents, now private security consultant. "Pretty clear"
  that America launched Stuxnet virus against Iranian nuclear
  programme—with Israeli help [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/richard-clarke-stuxnet

[9]Do Chinese Factory Workers Dream Of iPads?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/GUrf4z

Leslie Chang | New Yorker | 26 March 2012

The dominant narrative in the Western media about Chinese factories is
  that conditions are oppressive and our demand for cheap goods makes
  them so. But, says Chang, there are other ways of looking at the
  situation [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/do-chinese-factory-workers-dream-ipads

[11]Character And Its Discontents
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/GSaZPQ

Iskra Fileva | NYT | 25 March 2012

Why do we assume people's characters are unified, that their behaviour
  in one context will relate to their behaviour in another? Some
  philosophers are prepared to deny the very existence of character
  traits. But are they right? [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/character-and-its-discontents

[13]The Sony Schism
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/GV1UGt

Tim Kelly & Reiji Murai | Reuters | 26 March 2012

"When Hirai becomes Sony's president and CEO in April, he takes charge
  of a company facing a crisis unlike anything it has experienced in its
  nearly 70-year history." Here's an overview of what went wrong, and
  what the future holds [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sony-schism

[15]Death Of A Data Haven
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/Hdj2dl

James Grimmelmann | Ars Technica | 27 March 2012

Short history of Sealand, self-proclaimed micro-nation on an old
  oil-rig in the North Sea. It's not actually independent, but it is very
  isolated. Once a base for pirate broadcasters. Soon, perhaps, a home
  for Wikileaks? [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/death-data-haven

FiveBooks Interview

[17]John Gray on Critiques of Utopia and Apocalypse
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse

Is it inevitable that the desire to build a perfect world should end in
  disaster? John Gray considers the flaws in utopian thinking, the
  essential nature of humans, and the driving force behind the Tea Party
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse

Featured Special Report

[19]Healthcare in America
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/healthcare-america

The battle over US healthcare reform reaches the Supreme Court. Here's
  what's at stake [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/healthcare-america

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k John Kay - My generation should repay its good
  luck [22]t.co/388NzJWF #[23]browsings ht @[24]TimHarford [25]More like
  this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://www.johnkay.com/2012/03/28/my-generation-should-repay-its-good-luck
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://twitter.com/TimHarford
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/essence-and-alchemy-by-mandy-aftel

[27]Essence and Alchemy by Mandy Aftel
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/essence-and-alchemy-by-mandy-aftel

[28]Denise Hamilton says: “This a wonderful, swoony, sensual book. She
  gives you the history of perfume through the ages, from the ancient
  Egyptians and Assyrians” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/denise-hamilton-on-perfume
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Twitter For Small Business
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/twitter-small-business

Nicely done. Makes a potentially annoying product sound really quite
  desirable
  [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Jay Rayner, on reading
    Links:
      32. http://twitter.com/jonnygeller/status/183927619337723904

"Nobody reads a great novel to find out how it finishes"

[33]More quotes
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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